Ongoing Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Stroll through this 109-acre park of trees and flowers, then to the greenhouse, cafe and the waterways. The main gardens are free & open daily from dawn until dusk. A small fee is required for the 7.5 acre Japanese garden, which is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offers tours that take about an hour. A small fee is also required for the conservatory, which is open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. For more information, 817-392-5510, www.fwbg.org. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Ongoing See the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s World Trade Center Beam Exhibit. This 9/11 tribute exhibit features the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas. This beam is a full-façade panel that once supported the three floors (101-103) that were located just above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower. The artifact, one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology has been able to trace to the exact location in the structure, is the focus of a permanent exhibit. Free admission. Hrs. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. For more information, 817-255-9300, www.fortworthmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St.
Ongoing Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Take a nostalgic ride on two Victorian-style locomotives. “Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive, is the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South; “Vinny” is a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. The trains run seasonally Sat. & Sun. round trip between downtown Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Grapevine to the Stockyards run departs at 1 p.m. and arrives in the Stockyards around 2:15 p.m. The return trip departs the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m. and arrives back in Grapevine about 5:45 p.m. The hour-long Trinity River Fun Run leaves from the Stockyards at 2:45 p.m. Pricing varies, see web site for details. For information, 817-410-3123, www.stockyardsstation.com/attractions, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapevine-vintage-railroad. Grapevine station, 705 S. Main St. Open 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stockyards Station, noon-4:30 p.m. 140 E. Exchange Ave.
Ongoing The Kimbell Art Museum’s renowned European masterpieces, paintings and sculptures, dating from antiquity through the 18th century, include Michelangelo’s Torment of Saint Anthony and Caravaggio’s Cardsharps. Visitors will also see antiquities from Greece, Rome and Egypt. Late 18th-century through mid-20th-century works are on view in the north galleries. Admire Impressionist and post-Impressionist favorites Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Matisse and Mondrian. The permanent exhibition is free. Hrs. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Closed Mon. For more information call 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ongoing Fort Worth Trinity Park. The Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of pioneers who settled this area in the mid-to-late 1800s. Admission $5 adults 18+, $4.50 children ages 4-17 and 60+, $4 groups of 10 or more. Free for ages 3 & under. Hrs. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. For more information, 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org. 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln.
Ongoing Fort Worth Stockyards Historical District’s Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive. Twice daily, herders dressed in 19th-century cowboy gear drive 15-17 head of cattle down Exchange Ave. Best viewing areas for the drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Bldg. or across the street near the Stockyards Visitor’s Center. Free. Times 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. No cattle drives on major holidays. For more information, 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com. Along E. Exchange Ave.
Ongoing The Fort Worth Zoo. This home to nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals is ranked the no. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide. Admission $12 13+, $9 seniors 65+ and children 3-12, children 2 & under free. Parking $5. Half-price tickets are available every Wednesday. Hrs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. See web site for holiday hours. For more information 817-871-7050, www.fortworthzoo.org. 1989 Colonial Pkwy.
Ongoing Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s satellite exhibit of 150 Years of Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s interesting history is housed in the nearly 100-year-old Fire Station No. 1 building located in the City Center Complex. This exhibit traces Fort Worth’s development from its beginning as a frontier outpost, through its rowdy youth as a cattle town to the present. See graphics, historical artifacts, photographs and documents, reproduced paintings and original posters. The building that houses the exhibit is also a valuable piece of Fort Worth history since it is the site of the original city hall. Free admission. Hrs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. For more information, 817-255-9300, www.fwmuseum.org/150-fort-worth-history. Corner of 2nd & Commerce Sts.
Ongoing The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. See more than 2,000 artifacts about the remarkable women that shaped the West. Hrs. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed for major holidays; see web site for details. Admission $10 13+, $8 seniors 60+, $8 children 3-12, children 3 & under free with paid adult. For more information, 817-336-4475, 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net. 1720 Gendy St.
Ongoing The Christian Arts Museum. The Christian Arts Museum showcases “Inspirational Art,” including a three dimensional, full-size exhibition that recreates Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper. Free admission. Hrs. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, 817-332-7878, www.cacmuseum.org. 3221 Hamilton Ave.
Ongoing Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. This 3,621-acre refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and offers special events, educational programs and naturalist-led nature hikes. Admission $5 adults, $2 children 3-12, free to children under 3, $3 seniors 65+, $1 discount per person with Military ID-Active/Retired. Hrs. Refuge 8 a.m.-5 p.m., hours vary for special events. See web site for details. For more information, 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd.
Ongoing IMAX at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. See history and nature with stunning IMAX cinematography and audio. This month’s features include: Jerusalem, Reel Adventures: Harry Potter, Journey to the South Pacific, Tornado Alley, Humpback Wales and more. Gen. Ad. $6 guests, $3 members. For complete list of show times, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org/omni-imax-now-showing. 1600 Gendy St.
Fridays & Saturdays Four Day Weekend comedy. This six-member comedy troupe in downtown Fort Worth weaves audience participation, videos and music with their improvisational skills. The talented cast has created the longest-running live show in Fort Worth’s history. Tickets $20. Ages 18+ are welcome. Performances Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. For information, 817-226-4329, www.fourdayweekend.com. 312 Houston St.
Through April 12 Becky’s New Car at Theatre Arlington. Middle-aged Becky is caught in middle management and a mediocre marriage. Then one day, a grief-stricken millionaire offers her a shiny new life! The audience gets to ride shotgun in a thoroughly original comedy that is a delightful romp down the road not taken. Tickets $20. Performances Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. & Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. For more information, www.theatrearlington.org, 817-275-7661. 305 W. Main St., Arlington, TX 76010.
Through April 22 Peanuts…Naturally exhibit at the Tower Gallery in Downtown Grapevine. How many suns? Is the Earth flat? Charles Schulz touched on many aspects of the natural world during the nearly 50 years he created the Peanuts comic strip. Hrs: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free Admission. For more information, 817-410-3185, www.grapevinetexasusa.com. 636 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051.
Through April 26 What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones Exhibition at The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. This new traveling exhibition reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduring cartoons and animated films of all time. What’s Up, Doc? examines Jones’ development as a filmmaker and visual artist, showcasing many of his most significant films. For more information, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St.
Through May 17 Benito Huerta: Axis Mundi v.2 exhibit at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Local artist Benito Huerta strives to expand the boundaries of art by creating works that are symbolic, interactive, and relevant to viewers. Free admission. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. For more information, 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through May 24 The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass at the Kimbell Art Museum. See a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. Enjoy 37 Impressionist to post–World War II paintings and sculptures from artist like Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Vuillard, Matisse, Chagall and Rothko and sculptures by Rodin. The exhibition is free. Hrs. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Closed Mon. For more information call 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through May 31 Take Two: George Catlin Revisits the West exhibit at the Sid Richardson Museum. Paintings by George Catlin, the influential 19th century American Indian painter. Free docent-guided tours Tue. & Sat. 2 p.m. See web site for details. Hrs. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. For information, 817-332-6554, www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org. 309 Main Street in Sundance Square.
Through Aug. 2 Audubon’s Beasts: At Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Industrious field mice, frolicking squirrels, fierce otters, and fearsome wild cats are just some of the stars of this selection of hand-painted prints by famed scientist and artist John James Audubon (1785–1851). Free admission. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. For more information, www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through Aug. 2 American Still Life exhibit at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. This exhibition showcases 60 works from the museum’s collection of still lifes and is organized in celebration of the recent acquisition of Raphaelle Peale’s Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket (1812). See the works of William Harnett, John Frederic Peto, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and more. Free admission. Hrs. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. For more information, 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through Aug. 23 The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth features Framing Desire: Photography and Video. This exhibition showcases over 40 recent acquisitions alongside iconic photographs and videos from the permanent collection. The artists use their medium in ways that transcend what the imagery literally depicts to intensify the idea of desire. Interweaving the documentary, subjective, and symbolic, these artists address sexuality, gender, longing, catharsis, and transgression, among other subjects. For more information, 817-738-9215. www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St.
Through Nov. 14 Lone Star Murder Mysteries presents Missed Fortune. Greedy Granbury Green, the town’s big shot banker, has been bumped off and Marshal Jim Courtright may need a crystal ball to figure out who done it! All predictions indicate laughter in the immediate future as you interactively help the Marshal read the signs and solve the crime. Tickets $59 per person for entertainment and dinner. For more information, 817-310-5588, www.texasstardinnertheater.com. 816 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051.
3,4,18,25 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District-Cowtown Coliseum hosts Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. Family friendly entertainment. Box seats $18, Gen. Ad. $15, seniors 60+ $11 & children 3-12, $8. Performances 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. www.StockyardsRodeo.com. 817-625-1025. 121 E. Exchange Ave.
3,4,10,17,18,24,25 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Cowtown Coliseum hosts the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Reserved box seats & VIP $22.50, Gen. Ad. $17.50, seniors 60+, $12.50 & children 3-12, $10. 8 p.m. www.StockyardsRodeo.com. 817-625-1025. 121 E. Exchange Ave.
8-May 3 Dixie’s Tupperware Party presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall. Back by Popular Demand! Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and hit the road to bring Tupperware joy to all! Contains strong adult content and language. For mature audiences only. Suggested for ages 16+. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information, ticket office 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com. 525 Commerce St.
9-May 10 Stage West Theatre presents, Red. Nominated for seven Olivier Awards and winner of six Tony Awards in 2010, including Best New Play. Abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has taken on an assistant to aid him in creating the largest commission in the history of modern art. As the two study and learn about each other, tensions mount, and when the assistant begins to challenge the ideas of his mentor, Rothko is faced with the possibility that his crowning achievement may also become his downfall. With cracking wit and profound depth, this tight, provocative piece is a searing look into the disquieting depths of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability. Performance times and ticket prices vary. For more information, 817-784-9378, www.stagewest.org. 821/823 W. Vickery Blvd.
10-26 The Odd Couple at Runway Theater. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on Broadway, and Runway celebrates the monumental show by bringing it to life. Come, join friends and unlikely roommates Felix Unger and Oscar Madison as they attempt to find out how life would be as The Odd Couple. Rated PG-13. Performances at Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. For more information, www.runwaytheatre.com. 817-488-4842. 215 North Dooley St. Grapevine, 76051.
10-May 3 Jubilee Theatre presents, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope. The 70s are back and better than ever! Retro-hip-fun abounds in this 1972 Tony Award nominated show for Best Musical. An all dancing – all singing cast of over a dozen actors perform the blues, rock, jazz, calypso and a musical revue style, touching on major themes of the 1970s including student protests, black power, funk and feminism. For tickets, performance times and additional information, 817-338-4411, www.jubileetheatre.org. 506 Main St.
11-June 28 Focus exhibit: Mario Garcia Torres at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Mexico City based artist Mario García Torres creates cinematic narratives that explore obscure histories and personalities associated with conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s. He presents his projects in a variety of media, including video, installation, photography, and sculpture, and he often uses antiquated technology, such as 16-mm film and slide projections, to parallel the era he is revisiting. $10 adults 13+, $4 students with ID & seniors 60+. Free for children 12 & under and Modern members. For more information, 817-738-9215. www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St.
17 Artful Readings at Kimbell Art Museum. The selection for the evening is A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Greenfield. Participants explore connections in the literary and visual arts through group discussions and special presentations on selected books. Includes wine and light refreshments, as well as a 20% discount on Artful Readings selections in the Museum Shop. Lecture begins 5:30 p.m. For more information, 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
17 Billy Bob’s Texas-Lee Brice. Tickets $18 & $22. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
17-May 31 Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness Exhibition at The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Explore the faces of the mentally ill through the art of photography with sound. Through exquisite imagery and the subjects’ own voices, photographer Michael Nye gives us an exhibit that defies the labels and overcomes the stigma. He allows us to move past our fears and biases by meeting people with mental illnesses. Due to the serious subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Free admission. For more information, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St.
17-May 23 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History-Reel Adventures features Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Classes resume at Hogwarts! Enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, then enjoy various tournament activities before the full length feature film begins in the Omni Theater, an IMAX® dome. Explore science activities based on your favorite Hogwarts courses such as Advanced Potions, Dark Arts with Light Painting, Quidditch techniques, Muggle Magic with Ginny Weasley and more. Come dressed in your favorite house robes or Triwizard gear. No dementors allowed! For more information, 817-255-9540, www.fortworthmuseum.org/omni-imax-now-showing. 1600 Gendy St.
18 Tiff’s Treats of Fort Worth’s Grand Opening Event will raise funds for a Wish with Wings, which grants wishes to special little Texans with uncertain futures due to medical conditions. They will be charging $5 (cash only) per dozen cookies and all proceeds up to $5,000 will be donated. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., www.cookiedelivery.com. 2401 W. 7th St., #112.
18 March of Dimes March for Babies at Panther Island Pavilion. March for Babies supports the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. More than 3 million people participate as walkers, volunteers and sponsors in more than 692 communities nationwide. Each year, individual walkers along with family, corporate, and school teams enjoy walking with a shared purpose to support the March of Dimes. For more information, www.pantherislandpavilion.com, Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.
18 Billy Bob’s Texas (81 Club)-Mike Ryan. Tickets $5. Performance 10 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
19 The 50th Anniversary ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium. Superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host Country Music’s Party of the Year® honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent. Live show starts at 7 p.m. For information and tickets, www.attstadium.com. AT&T Stadium, One AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011.
22 Wednesday Series: Art in Context at Kimbell Art Museum. Twentieth-Century Works from the Bass Collection: Miró, Léger, and Picasso. Lecturer is Mark Thistlethwaite, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. These lectures are part of a continuing series to introduce the permanent collection and selected exhibitions on view at the Kimbell. Free admission; no reservations required. Seating is limited. Lecture begins 12:30 p.m. For more information, 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
23 Billy Bob’s Texas-The Buffalo Ruckus. Tickets $10. Performance 9 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
24 Billy Bob’s Texas-David Allan Coe. Tickets $12 & $20. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
25 North Texas Firkin Fest at Globe Life Park. Texas Crafter Brewers Guild taps rare, one-off Texas cask beer. General Admission ($35), VIP ($70) and Designated Drive ($10) tickets are available. Each participant gets a commemorative tasting cup plus 8 sample tickets. Additional sample ticket packages will be available on-site: $4 for 4 sample tickets, $8 for 8 sample tickets. Event 1-5 p.m. For more information, http://ntxfirkinfest.com. Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011.
25 Billy Bob’s Texas-Chris Cagle. Tickets $16 & $22. Performance 10:30 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
25-May 10 Fort Worth Opera Festival. La Traviata-Sat., Apr. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Hamlet-Sat., May 2, 7:30 p.m.; La Traviata-Sun., May 3, 2 p.m.; La Traviata-Sat., May 9, 7:30 p.m.; Hamlet-Sun., May 10, 2 p.m. For more information, ticket office 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com. 525 Commerce St.
30 Billy Bob’s Texas-Jon Wolfe. Tickets $10. Performance 9 p.m. www.billybobstexas.com. 817-624-7117. 2520 Rodeo Plaza.
30-May 3 Mayfest in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park. Enjoy four days of more than 60 art and gift vendors along with live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, pet adoptions, and free children’s activities. Or take your fun on the run with their USATF-certified 5K, 10K and 1K. See website for complete hours and activities. $8 adults 13+, $5 seniors 60+, free for children under 2, $5 children 3-12. Free Military Appreciation Admission presented by Lockheed Martin; Free Senior Citizen’s Day (Thursday). For more information, www.mayfest.org/mayfest-inc. 2401 University Dr.
30-May 23 I and You at Circle Theatre. Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door, carrying a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry and an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. When these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks the much deeper mystery that brought them together. Ticket prices, performance dates and times vary. For more information, 817-877-3040 or www.circletheatre.com. 230 West Fourth Street in Sundance Square.
Coming May 18-24 The 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational-The golf tourney goliath returns to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth to celebrate its 69th anniversary. The prestigious Tour event draws top players from all over the world. Defending champion Adam Scott will take on all challengers for the $6.5 million purse. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 817-927-4280, www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com.